It's NO secret to anyone I know that I'm not a fan of social media.
What's wrong with you?
NOTHING IS WRONG WITH ME!
(Nor, evidently, with Stephen King who just quit Facebook.)
And if YOU are using Facebook and Instagram you are being watched This is not a conspiracy theory, this is an actual fact.. Even when you are off of these platforms they are still monitoring your off Facebook activity. I'd think twice if I REALLY, REALLY needed these platforms. Not if you WANT them, are addicted to them or think you can't live without them. If you truly NEED them.
People behave as if social media is the end-all and be-all to communication.
So many creative, employed, valuable, acknowledged individuals I know, work with, collaborate with, and love DON'T use social media.
They do just fine staying "in the loop" with friends, colleagues, their careers, events, and more, without social media
I am thrilled to be in that group.
No Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, Instagram...none.
Call me a lone wolf.
Call me a pariah.
Just call me instead of trying to contact me through social media.
I've tried my hand at every single one of these platforms and have come up wanting.
I WILL say that one platform has my attention both as a participant and a watcher: YouTube.
The article attached at the bottom expresses my sentiments about social media. It also shines a light on YouTube and its value in the grand scheme of things. (It's FAR from perfect, BUT it does have merit and value.)
I have no need to announce every aspect of my life on social media. To show what I've eaten, where I am at the moment, who I'm with, what we are doing, how I'm feeling (that's what I have a website and publish writing for) or the what, where, when, why, how, who...
I understand and support if a person is a shut-in, ill, or needs help that these platforms may be useful
they have become runaway freight trains with a monopoly on communication and an eye on everything you do, see, buy, wear, think and feel in life.
That's scary to me.
Some things I wish to stay private or between me and my nearest and dearest or my physicians and healthcare professionals when and if I need them.
It's also disheartening that when I want to communicate professionally with a group, organization or business that many ONLY have a Facebook page. Not even an inexpensive website. Charities use Facebook liberally. If that is the only way for me to connect with them, then we just won't connect. That's sad for both of us.
I'm not looking for 5, 15 or a million hours of fame.
Fame is fleeting and, in the end, a goal that is a complete waste of time.
I've known quite a few famous people and they are no happier than I, as a matter of fact they typically have more issues and problems than I do.
More, more, more, leaves us wanting more, more, more and still hollow inside in so many aspects of our lives.
Cultivate your friendships/relationships one-on-one, and face-to-face , if possible. Make a phone call, schedule a video chat, write an email, OR at the very least send a text.
We have replaced real relationships with quick tweets, posts, thumbs up and remarks, responses, rebuttals, opinions, arguments and trolling.
Those aren't real relationships and no one is going to ever convince me otherwise. I've lived through not having social media.
The compromise I can live with is YouTube, websites, email, texts, video chats and good, 'ol fashion RING RING!!!!
SOOOO, without further ado here is the latest article from Cal Newport, my hero, leading the way for those of us who know not having social media isn't a disease.
Pro-Age Rampage Podcast
Quotes & Quips by KaZ
"I don’t want to run out of steam before I run out of life."